Avant-Garde

Hippie and Artsy Mom illustrations on pinterest…

Hippie and Artsy Mom illustrations on pinterest…

Okay, I swear, I’m going to stop posting illustrations very soon.  I’ve got two more up right now — Hippie and Artsy Mom — all really fun.  All worth taking a look-see. My book is coming out next Monday and if I look at it, proof it, or make any more changes on it, I am going to go completely insane.  Do you know that feeling?  You have some work project and you just stare and stare at it and…

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Avant-guarde, I mean, Arty-Slick…

Avant-guarde, I mean, Arty-Slick…

A Year in Review – Day 27 I started off September with the bold notion that I was going to dress in Avant-Guarde style for a month.  I thought it would be fun to dress like a walking piece of art every day. Well, maybe “fun” isn’t the right word.  Probably “difficult” or more accurately “impossible” would be a better way to describe a mom of 3 living on a farm in Northern California dressing like Lady Gaga morning, noon…

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An Avant-Garde makes a switch…

An Avant-Garde makes a switch…

Avant-Garde – Day 13 It’s official.  I’m switching this month to Arty Slick.  I’d hate to say I’m an Avant-Garde quitter, but it’s just far too impractical for me.  I’d be doing it more for a joke than anything else and that kind of defeats the purpose of my blog, which is to find styles that can actually and practically work for moms.  Besides, I feel like I’ve only hit the mark on Avant-Garde once this month and that was…

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Oooops!

Oooops!

Avante Garde – Day 11 and 12 Yesterday, I was a chaperone for my son’s field trip by bus (more on that later) to The Heirloom Seed Festival.  It was “fun” (no, it wasn’t) and “interesting” (not really), and very exhausting.  I am paranoid about watching my own kids at a big event and suddenly I found myself watching my children plus four other people’s children. My head was constantly swiveling in all directions like a human bobble doll.  By…

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The first sign of Autumn…

The first sign of Autumn…

Avant-Garde – Day 10  Is it the last apple to fall from our tree? Is it a chill in the air? Is it the wind blowing a swirl of golden leaves around? No!  For me the first sign of Autumn is the arrival of the CINNAMON BROOMS AT THE GROCERY STORE! You can keep your bag of scented pinecones.  You can keep your pumpkin spice candle.  You can keep your recycled coffee fire log because nothing fills your house with…

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When Avant-Garde becomes Arty Slick…

When Avant-Garde becomes Arty Slick…

Avant-Garde – Day 9 What is the difference between Avant-Garde style and “Arty-Slick” style?  Wait — there’s an Arty-Slick style?  Yes, and it lives somewhere between Minimalist style and Androgynous style. Wait — there’s a Minimalist style?  An Androgynous style?  Okay, lets back up. I’m trying out Avant-Garde style for the month of September.  It’s a bold look where your outfit is not fashion, but a form of self-expression.  Here’s an example — And you’re seeing that correctly.  Those aren’t…

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The making of a really bad outfit…

The making of a really bad outfit…

Avant-Garde – Day 8 Start with a really hot day — 93 degrees at least. Have your child’s soccer game be on a treeless sunscorched field at noon. Convince yourself that black would not be the best color to wear for this occasion. Then convince yourself that a beige, printed scarf blouse and Gamine hat can be transformed into a really cool Avant-Garde outfit with the simple addition of really big earrings. Oh yes, I really did wear this all day……

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How to wear Avant-Garde to a potluck…

How to wear Avant-Garde to a potluck…

Avant-Garde – Day 7 Congrats!  cmajernik!  You won the Kate Spade purse!  As far as the question goes, “Who invented the purse?”  The answer is first the Egyptians (purses appear in hieroglyphics) and then in 1841 industrialist Samuel Parkinson ordered a set of luggage and an even smaller bag for his wife to carry on their train trips — the little leather bag caused such a sensation that the modern day purse was invented. And, as far as Avant-garde is…

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Another fashion challenge for the fashion challenged!

Another fashion challenge for the fashion challenged!

Avant-Garde- Day 6 The prize? Awesome Kate Spade purse I found at a consignment store.  It’s in great shape, it’s adorable and did I mention it’s KATE SPADE! The question? Who invented the purse and why?  (As you can tell, I love to know why things were invented!  And for me, history of fashion gives fashion more substance.) You have until tomorrow (Saturday) morning!  Good luck!

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The Avant-Garde word for the day — unapproachable!

The Avant-Garde word for the day — unapproachable!

Avante-Garde – Day 5 You can smile all you want, but dressed in Avant-Garde the world will just see you as an ice queen.  Here are some of the things I heard about this outfit — “I feel intimidated talking to you when you’re dressed like that.” “If you were wearing that outfit when we met, I don’t think we would have become friends.” “I was wondering who that person was dressed up like (disdainfully) that, then I realized it was…

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